Last year, it was announced that beloved Boerum Hill dive bar Hank's Saloon would be closing at the end of 2018 for all the usual reasons (a new developer who has plans to "build big"). But as worshippers of the Drowned God might say, what is dead may never die—and so it goes for Hank's Saloon, which will now be resurrected as part of a new food hall in Brooklyn.
The Times reports today that Hank's will get a second life as part of the Hill Country Food Park at 345 Adams Street in Downtown Brooklyn. The 10,000-square-foot space, which was previously solely the home of Hill Country Barbecue Market, is expanding into a collection of food stations that will include stalls selling coffee, breakfast tacos, Texas barbecue, pizza, and Tex-Mex food (and, of course, Hill County Barbecue).
The reconstructed Hank's will take up the second floor, and will have "snacks and craft beers on tap." They wrote on Facebook of the move:
Earlier this year an established (awesome) business in Brooklyn (not that far away) heard about the Hank's Saloon plight of losing our beloved space to developers. They reached out to me and very kindly offered a place to move into and ride out some more honky tonk years. There is a bar, a stage and a high end sound system already in place and just minor renovations to take care of. We're still working out details but it looks like we'll still be in the neighborhood with a slightly larger capacity in the very near future!
We'll never be able to recreate Hank's as it is now, nor should we. Hank's Saloon at 46 Third Ave will go down in history as being a very special place. But we're looking forward to bringing our family over to a new corner and continuing to support local community and live music here in Brooklyn.
It's just like Bruce Springsteen said: "Everything dies baby that's a fact/ but maybe everything that dies one day comes back as a tourist attraction." Hey, it's still a lot better than what's happened to CBGB.
Update: Hank's Saloon owner, Julie Ipcar, posted the statement below on Facebook that sheds some more light on the decision to move into Hill Country Food Park: